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Rome, but not as I know it

Robert Nowell finds a Church's portrait a little too flattering

The Catholic Church: What everyone needs to know
John L. Allen Jr
OUP £10.99
Church Times Bookshop £9.90 (Use code CT261 )

BASICALLY, this book, by the distinguished Rome correspondent of the National Catholic Reporter, sets out to explain to non-Roman Catholics what the RC Church is and how it works (or doesn't work). Its great shortcoming is that it presents the Church more as it would ...

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